For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are…
Suppose you were with me in one of the palaces at the west end of the town — St. James's Palace, or Buckingham Palace. We ascend in Buckingham Palace a noble staircase, as white as snow, made of white marble. Then we are admitted by servants in royal livery to a large gallery; and you say, "What a beautiful place! I never saw the like of this before. Oh! what lovely pictures! Oh! what wonderful chairs and tables, sparkling with gold!" Then I take you into another apartment, and I say, "What is that in the upper part of this great grand room, this large gallery? Do you see it?" "Oh! yes," you say; "that appears to me to be a seat." Yes, it is a seat; but it is a throne. That is where the Queen sits sometimes. That is Britain's throne — the most wonderful throne on the face of the earth. But I have to tell you of a throne to-day, the like of which was never seen by mortal eyes. Angels never saw it. What is the name of it? " The throne of grace."
I. THE THRONE.
1. What is the throne of grace? The mercy of God in Christ Jesus.
2. Why is it called the throne of grace?
(1) Grace contrived the throne (Psalm 89:2).
(2) Grace shines upon the throne (Exodus 34:6, 7).
(3) Grace is given from the throne. Pardon. Purity. Healing.
3. The excellencies of this throne.
(1) It is a costly throne.
(2) It is a lovely throne.
(3) It is a throne of great height (Psalm 103:9).
(4) It is a throne near at hand.
(5) It is a free throne.
II. THE KING WHO IS SEATED ON THIS THRONE.
1. King of grace.
2. King of kings.
3. King of glory.
III. OUR DUTY AND PRIVILEGE TO COME TO THE THRONE.
(A. Fletcher, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.